Séamus Healy was first elected to the Dáil for Tipperary South in 2000. An independent candidate, having served as a Councillor on both Clonmel Borough Council since 1985 and South Tipperary County Council, Séamus served as Mayor of Clonmel from 1994 to 1995.
Séamus is a straight-talking, hardworking community activist involved in a wide range of community groups. As Chairperson of the The Save Our Acute Hospital Services Committee, he has spearheaded the campaign to stop the Health Service Executive transferring services out of South Tipperary General Hospital. He continues to seek the urgent restoration of acute hospital services for mental health patient’s within the county, and the opening of step down beds at Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.
Séamus is a longtime trade union and community activist. He served the IMPACT Trade Union at local and national level as branch Chairperson, member of the National Executive and Chariperson of the union’s Health and Welfare Division. He has also served as President of the Clonmel Trades Council.
He represented the Union on Clonmel Trades Council and served as President of the Council. As a community worker, Séamus is Treasurer of the Old Bridge Community Association, Director of Cuan Saor Women’s Refuge and Director and Treasurer of the Elm Park Childcare Committee.
Séamus has a particular interest in the Health Service having worked as Hospital Administrator for South Tipperary Acute Hospital Services from 1978 to 1999. He is currently a Director of The Friends of South Tipperary General Hospital.
Séamus is a founding member of the Right2Water campaign.
Séamus was returned to Clonmel Borough Council and South Tipperary County Council at the 2009 Local Elections. However following the 2011 General Election he was the first Deputy to be elected for South Tipperary with 21.3% of the first preference vote and has served on the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.
Séamus was also elected to serve the new constituency of Tipperary at the 2016 General Election.